We have just wrapped up our Shapes unit! It was amazing! The kids are noticing shapes everywhere and talking about it's characteristics at school and at HOME! Click HERE to read about what we did for the first half of our Shapes unit.
My math shelf has all of the shape games on the top. The bottom shelves are filled with math manipulatives and games we have played during past units.
Shape Roll & Trace has been a huge hit! Students roll a shape dice and trace the shape they rolled. At the end of the game, they erase their board with a tissue. It is also great fine motor work!
We used the shape playing cards to play Shape Go Fish and Shape Concentration.
Print and laminate math cards on colored cardstock. I made each set of cards a different color. This way when a card is left out it is super easy to figure out which set it is from. I keep each set in a baggie with the “shape cards” label on it. It is an easy and quick way to keep your cards organized.
My favorite thing to use for shape making is salt in a cookie tray! It is super cheap so I don’t mind throwing it away after a week or so. This tray has sprinkles added to it! Students used the shape cards as a guide when drawing the shapes.
Each week of the unit, we would go on a shape in our classroom for the specific shape we were learning about. Students helped each other and the conversations they had about the shapes were AMAZING!
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To explore sides and points of shapes, students made model shapes with playdoh and popsicle sticks in my art center.
We have math talks after small group or center time throughout out unit to talk about shapes. We created this anchor chart during a math talk about the number of sides and points of each shape.
We sorted shapes by the number of sides they had. Another day, they sorted the shapes by the number of points they had.
Using real objects, we sorted shapes by sides or no sides. Students could actually feel the side of the shape or feel how it was round (not having any sides). Using real objects is so important for students! They learn so much through touch.
Another fun way to explore the sides of shapes is to make shapes using geoboards. This student filled his geoboard up will triangles.
It was a fun unit and ALL students learned about shapes at their own level! For my 3 year old friends, they can now identify their basic shapes, explored shape vocabulary, and shape characteristics. My pre-k friends can now identify the basic shapes and describe shapes based on it's characteristics using shape vocabulary! If you want to do a shape unit in your classroom you can purchase Let's Learn About Shapes in my TPT store.